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The greenhouse, the oppressed and the conversation of humankind: fiduciary hermeneutic fallibilism and the pragmatic necessity of realism

Mulherin, Chris (2010) The greenhouse, the oppressed and the conversation of humankind: fiduciary hermeneutic fallibilism and the pragmatic necessity of realism. Traffic. pp. 73-93. ISSN 1447-2538

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    Abstract

    The conversation of humankind and the future of the planet depend on an objective realist understanding of truth in science and morality. While Richard Rorty's pragmatist break with post-Cartesian philosophy is sound in part, his utopian agenda for 'the conversation of mankind' is weakened by his 'epistemological behaviourism', which offers no purchase on extra-human reality for universal truth claims. This leaves Rorty committed to an ethnocentric, liberal view promoting 'the best we can be' through persuasion but without an appeal to truth. Michael Polanyi and Hans-Georg Gadamer also turn away from the quest for guaranteed knowledge, but offer a realist alternative.

    Item Type: Published Articles
    Repository Version: Published Version
    Keywords (separated by commas): philosophy, science, morality, hermeneutic, epistemology, Richard Rorty, Michael Polanyi, Hans-Georg Gadamer, greenhouse
    Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220304 Epistemology
    22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220307 Hermeneutic and Critical Theory
    22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
    Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
    Type of Activity: Applied Research
    Subject Area(s): A - Humanities, general
    A - Philosophy
    Association with University of Divinity: CTC: Catholic Theological College
    Depositing User: Users 112 not found.
    Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2011 10:26
    Last Modified: 23 Aug 2011 10:26
    URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/895

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